[March 24, 2014]
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PEORIA — Saturday was a tough and
bittersweet day for the Lincoln High School Railsplitters and their
fans. The tough part was going in looking to be state
champions and coming out in what most would consider second-best. But as it was noted in a sign on the parade route Saturday that led
the Railers back to a "welcome home" reception, "The Railers don't
take a back seat to anyone."
They are our heroes. They
broke a school record by a long mile, coming in second in state for
the first time in Railer basketball history. Gavin Block
exceeded 1,000 points in his high school career, another big
milestone. The Railers also are right at the top of the list
for teams with the highest number of 3-pointers. Indeed,
the guys don't take a back seat to anyone.
They played a very good team
in Morgan Park. Obviously they were good, or they would not
have been in the game at all. The Railers stood their ground
in the first half, and even as the second half began, but the
Mustangs were tough, and the game got physical and was very intense
from beginning to end. At the final buzzer, the spoils went to
Morgan Park, but the real heroes came home to Lincoln.
Pictures by Debbie Olden